Spring Blonde - New Belgium Brewing
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5/5 rDev +44.1%
New Belgium Spring Blonde pours a light crystal clear blonde from a dark brown 12 oz glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to over 2 fingers and has diminished to a broken carpet of foam with good lacing along my glass wall.
Nose is of sweet malted barley and Belgium strains of yeast. Hints of light floral hops dance around, masking the 6.0 % ABV well.
Palate is an absolutely brilliant balance of barley malts, hops, and Belgium yeast.
Aftertaste is clean, dry, and refreshing. I can find no faults with this offering from New Belgium Brewing.
Perfectly done, and distinctly Belgium, Well done New Belgium, Well done indeed!
01-05-2014 04:50:24 | More by BeerBob
4.61/5 rDev +32.9%
This is an outstanding beer from New Belgium, even though I am a fan of their whole lineup.
The aroma is slightly sweet, with hints of lemony citrus and sweet barley. Once poured, the beer is a beautiful golden color with a thick head. The first taste explodes with sweet barley and subtle yeast flavors that are quickly drawn back by an inviting bitterness. The after taste lingers in the back of the mouth with a refreshing feel. The body is perfect for this style of beer. This is definitely a go-to beer for me.
01-08-2014 04:39:12 | More by LuckyStrikes
4.13/5 rDev +19%
12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
6% ABV, Enjoy By: 08JUN14
A - Above the crystal clear pale yellow beer rests a rocky white head, fed by persistent carbonation, that leaves heavy lace on the glass for a feast for the eyes that makes the mouth water!
S - Light floral aromatics waft into the nostrils, followed by suggestions of candied lemon peel and a subtle backbone of grainy pale malted barley. Sure, the aroma is distant but its also bright and refreshing opening up with soft earthy Belgian yeast characteristics as the beer warms.
T - Simplistic pale malt offers a grainy intro that perfectly bows out to light floral hops, a touch of fresh-squeezed lemony tartness, and aromatically similar touch of soft Belgian yeast.
M - Bright and refreshing, it's hard to ask for a more crisp, clean beer than New Belgium's Spring Blonde. The slightly grainy initial feel washes away with perfect carbonation, only to fade out with just a touch of dry bitterness for the ultimate refreshing balance.
O - New Belgium's Spring Blonde might not have a ton of malt flavor. Its also light on the hoppiness, though floral aspects emerge. It doesn't even come straightforward with its Belgian yeast nuances but, what Spring Blonde does have is exceptional balance among these attributes. The finished product has just enough flavor to command interest but not enough to make multiple beers a chore - this one is a crisp and refreshing for an easy drinking, well-crafted experience.
05-10-2014 00:10:39 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.1/5 rDev +18.2%
Picked this beer up because it was "new" and seasonal... Glad I did!
A- This beer looks just like you'd expect from something with "blonde" in the name. A fluffy white head quickly dissipates, leaving a bubbly/iridescent liquid in the glass. The appearance is pilsner-like.
S- Very nice. This beer exudes a clean, fresh smell with overtones of cardamom and belgian yeast.
T- Very similar to the smell. This beer tastes like a pilsner brewed with belgian yeast(!?) Very unique, and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Carbonation is noticeable on the tongue, but fits in perfectly with the refreshing profile of the beer.
M- Nice medium body on this one.... Nothing to write home about, but it's perfectly appropriate for the style. As I mentioned, there is a high amount of carbonation, but it works.
O- This is an unusual, and uncharacteristically pedestrian outing for New Belgium. Due to buzzwords like "Belgian" and "Ale" I expected something very different... but I wasn't disappointed at all. If you like biscuity beers, and don't turn your nose up at the occasional pint of lager, then I would certainly give this a try!
02-11-2014 23:44:36 | More by WithinTheGlass
4.08/5 rDev +17.6%
A good light blonde ale, excellent color with slight head. The smell is mild as I would anticipate with a beer of this make. I enjoy the taste and mouthfeel of this good early springtime beer. It is very refreshing and I feel the beer is underrated..
02-23-2014 01:18:49 | More by htownbeerhound
4.05/5 rDev +16.7%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by June, 15, 2014.
Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One finger of white head which slowly settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.
Smell: A bready and yeasty blonde style aroma with hints of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove and black pepper. Bready pale malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, and dough. Fruit hints of lemon, orange, apple, and pear. Also some hints of floral and grassy hops. A pretty solid and balanced aroma.
Taste: Like it smells, a bready and grainy Belgian style taste with notes of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some black pepper and clove. Pale malt with bready notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, straw, and dough. Fruity notes of lemon zest, apple, pear, and orange. Decent hop background with some floral and grassy hops. Starts sweet but finishes fairly bitter. A solid taste.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and fairly tangy with a drying finish.
Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style ale. Good pilsner like biscuity notes with some fruit presence.
02-25-2014 07:41:34 | More by MattyG85
Spring Blonde from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.